A Brand New KD
Y'all...it's finally here! I'm so beyond excited to show you what I've been working on these last few months.
Over the last few years I started to feel this little pull, like a tiny someone just tugging at my sleeve telling me to do more with KD. At first, I could shake it off. There were tons of reasons why I just couldn't possibly do any more right now. But the pull got stronger. So did the excuses.
I thought I could satisfy the pull by stepping up the blog and retaking some product photos to make my shop look more official. That helped for a bit. One day, on a whim I sat down with my sketchbook and decided to draw, just for fun. As I started drawing I started thinking about a collection and what I might make. As I always do, I sketched until I ran out of ideas and went about my day. Over the next few months, the idea of a collection kept coming up - from friends, family, people I'd just met. It felt like someone was trying to tell me something.
Finally, I couldn't ignore it anymore. And because I'm super good with excuses (and a 100% Type-A, capital P Planner), I figured the best excuse of all would be to actually sit down and start planning it, running numbers, outlining production, sourcing fabrics - all to prove why I shouldn't do this. It would be too hard, too time consuming, too expensive, too everything. I even thought to myself "Hey, go look in your sketchbook. Sure, there's some cool ideas in there, but none of them really go together like a real collection."
I figured I'd give it an hour of research and be fully convinced about all the reasons why I couldn't do it. Wrong. That hour turned into an afternoon, picking & refining sketches. The next day, I even surprised a friend who had come over for dinner when I made her try on a design I'd quickly made a sample of, just to see it on another person.
The whole time I was doing this, I didn't really tell anyone what I was doing. Not even my husband. I still wanted a way out, just in case. But as I started with these new ideas and sketches and samples the pull was still there, only now it had some help. While catching up with a friend of mine who is building his own creative enterprise, he told me that he really thought a lot of what I was doing, that KD is what he thinks about when he thinks of people going after their dreams and it's what helped him take the leap to go after his. I thought that sounded crazy, since after all I hadn't been actually doing anything, at least not the way I saw it.
But that comment stuck with me. Why wasn't I really doing this? Other people could see that I could do it, so why couldn't I? After all, I'd started planning it to prove why I couldn't and only ended up proving why I could.
So, I guess all that is a long-winded way of saying thank you. Thank you to all of you who were the pull at my sleeve and the voice in my ear (and occasionally the kick in the pants) that I needed to finally make this a reality.